National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Type: service provider
Focus: child sex trafficking
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was established in 1984 as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to find missing children, reduce the incidence of child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization. NCMEC is mandated by Congress to perform 20 specific tasks, including:
- Operate the official national resource center and information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children, and
- Operate a national 24-hour toll-free telephone line by which individuals may report information regarding the location of any missing child, and request information pertaining to procedures necessary to reunite such child with such child's legal custodian; and coordinate the operation of such telephone line with the operation of the national communications system referred to in part C of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.